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Mary-Ann Winkelmes

Director of Instructional Development & Research; Associate Graduate Faculty, Department of History

Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges & Universities

Expertise: Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Transparency in Learning and Teaching, Equitable Teaching Practices in Higher Education, Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture


Mary-Ann Winkelmes is director of instructional development and research at UNLV. She promotes teaching and learning initiatives, student success, faculty development and instructional research. She is also an associate graduate faculty member in the department of history. 

Winkelmes' work to improve higher education learning and teaching, especially for historically underserved students, has been recognized nationally by the Chronicle of Higher Education and by the POD Network's Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. She founded and directs the Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Project (TILT Higher Ed), which promotes direct conversation between teachers and students about equitable methods of teaching and learning, and helps faculty to share data that demonstrates their collective effect on improving students' learning across institutions and countries. The beneficial impact of this project on students' learning has been the focus of publications in the National Teaching and Learning Forum, Project Information Literacy, the National Education Association's Higher Education Advocate and AAC&U’s Liberal Education and Peer Review.

Prior to UNLV, Winkelmes held senior leadership roles in the campus teaching centers at Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. She has consulted and provided professional development programming for faculty through the Lilly Endowment's higher education grant-making and teacher training programs, and for teaching centers in the U.S. and abroad.

Winkelmes is a Senior Fellow of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and a partner in the AAC&U's LEAP project—Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning. She also serves on the executive committee of the Nevada Humanities Board of Trustees. She has edited books and published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on college teaching and learning, art and architecture in Renaissance Italy, Benedictine church design and decoration, acoustics, and religious architecture. 


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1995
  • M.A. Yale University, 1987
  • B.A. Wellesley College, 1986

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